[TACRAO] Listserv FERPA vs Power of Attorney

McGilvray, Amy AMcGilvray at umhb.edu
Thu Jun 11 11:36:47 CDT 2015

I apologize if the answer to my questions should be obvious, but I would sincerely appreciate your input.

Scenario:  A student's husband contacts the Bursar's Office inquiring about his wife's refund check.  The husband is informed that, without the student's authorization, FERPA prevents the Bursar's Office from discussing such matters with him.  The husband tells the Bursar's Office he has a power of attorney for his wife.  (FYI - The student/wife is not deployed nor incapacitated.)  The husband is instructed to submit a copy of the power of attorney for review.

My question:  Is a power of attorney sufficient for the release of FERPA-protected information?  Does sufficiency depend on the wording of the document?  If so, for what verbiage should we be looking?

Amy McGilvray '93, MBA '97
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
UMHB Box 8425
900 College Street
Belton TX 76513
254-295-5077 (Office)
254-295-5052 (Fax)


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